Establishing Structure in Your Child’s Life
Routines play a big part in our lives and it’s important to establish routine and a sense of structure in early childhood.
Why Is It Necessary?
Structure and routine helps children feel safe and in control of their lives. The ability to predict what will happen from one day to the next lets them focus on enjoying themselves, learning and growing. It allows them to think about themselves and what they can achieve instead of worrying about what is going to happen next in their lives.
Structure also teaches children to manage their emotions and their environments. When they know what will happen, they can prepare themselves for it. If dinner is at the same time everyday, they can look forward to it and put away their toys before dinner. This feeling of permanence and control allows them to develop self-esteem.
Structure also allows valuable habits to form. Cleaning up after themselves, organising their days, and creating their own self-care routines are all valuable skills that develop when children understand there is a definite structure to be followed.
They take these habits into adulthood, and blossom into responsible and thoughtful adults.
Learning for Life
Routines help support learning. They provide a stable and secure environment where a child can feel safe to explore their environment and learn. Aside from that, routines also help children develop emotionally.
They begin to understand responsibility and can help with the routine if given the chance. This can come in the form of setting the dinner table, helping their guardian prepare lunch, or even their morning routine.
Routines can also help foster independence and autonomy. Perhaps the child is given the choice as to what to do in their spare time after dinner: play with Lego or watch TV. Being able to independently make that choice empowers the child and develops their understanding of themselves and autonomy.
Routines can also help teach children about identity and belonging, by introducing them to the truth that they are not alone in the world, and that other people are also involved in their lives.
How Is It Done?
One of the best ways to establish routine in your child’s life is to stabilise what happens at home. Pick set times for morning, lunch and dinner routines. Assign your child specific roles that they will do in order to help out.
Early Learning Schools
One of the best ways to teach your child about routines is to enrol them into an early learning school. In the centre, they will be given a set routine, whilst also being given the opportunity to learn and develop.
Early learning centres also expose your child to the sort of routines which they will encounter when they progress academically. Introducing them to these schedules and routines during their early childhood will give them time to adjust and become comfortable with following schedules set by others.
Expert Routines from Caring Teachers
Here at Mindarie Keys Early Learning School, we understand the importance of learning and routines. If you have any questions about this article, or if you have any questions about our programs for babies, toddlers and kindy, feel free to contact us.